Jeff Crouere

This year, it finally became fashionable for comics to lampoon President Obama. His infamous lies about Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of the Healthcare.gov website were too tempting for comics to ignore. It is no surprise that the President’s poll numbers have significantly dropped. In fact, the latest poll shows that the President is more unpopular than former President George W. Bush and his disapproval ratings are the lowest of any President since Richard Nixon.

Obviously, President Obama is ready for a vacation and as we approach Christmas, it is time once again for the Obama family to embark on their extravagant, wasteful 17 day taxpayer funded vacation.

According to former spokesman Robert Gibbs, this is how the President recharges “both physically and emotionally.” Unfortunately for taxpayers, recharging the presidential battery is not cheap. According to the Hawaii Reporter, last year’s 17 day vacation cost more than $4 million.

All of this hoopla is quite inconvenient for the residents of Hawaii who have to deal with closed beaches and numerous security roadblocks. Many residents are wondering why this has to happen to them every year. In fact, no other President has ever enjoyed such extravagant Christmas vacations. Previous presidents either used Camp David or their own property, such as the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

While President Obama owns a home in Chicago, he rarely uses it. Instead, he prefers the luxurious resorts of Martha’s Vineyard or Hawaii. Of course, liberals in the media who love the President believe he deserves whatever type of vacation he wants. Rarely do they ask questions about the cost or appropriateness of such a vacation. However, in a country still suffering with a massive $17.3 trillion national debt, such questions need to be asked.

It might be time for Congress to pass legislation to limit the funding we provide for such presidential vacations. While the President is paying for the rental of his villa, the taxpayers are footing the cost of the airfare, security and staff.

His supporters claim he needs the break after such a tough schedule, but such a view is almost comical. President Obama works less than almost any other President in memory. He is a frequent golfer, who enjoys concerts and movie premieres at the White House, basketball games and non-stop fundraisers. In contrast, he rarely meets with the media or negotiates legislative details with Republicans on Capital Hill.


Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com